Western Education Support Team - Western Melbourne

The Western Education Support Team (WEST) provides specialist consultation and outreach services to students on statutory orders in the Western region of Melbourne. Using a trauma-informed approach, the program addresses social, emotional and academic barriers to education.

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The WEST Program is based at MacKillop Education Services in Maidstone and works with students who:

  • are disengaged or at risk of disengaging from education
  • need support to improve their academic, social and emotional learning
  • require support to manage transitions and/or develop future pathways.

The student may be residing in foster care, kinship care placement or still living in the family home.

WEST endeavours to build strong collaborative working relationships with teachers, principals and education support staff to enhance the school’s capacity to work with educationally disadvantaged children and young people, as well as providing links with case managers, caregivers and community services.

What WEST can offer:

Working in conjunction with the student and their care team, we can:

  • develop school-based trauma-informed strategies including positive support plans and adjusted curriculum intervention
  • provide intensive coordination, liaison and support necessary to initiate or maintain student involvement in education
  • provide and purchase services that are directed at overcoming barriers so that a student can achieve his/her full potential
  • work collaboratively with the education sector, community services, parents and carers to achieve the desired educational outcomes for students.
  • assist with the development of an Individual Education Plan
  • provide one-on-one support sessions
  • provide support for student transitions and pathways in education.
  • promote positive educational outcomes as guided by the Out-of-Home Care Partnering Agreement between the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). 

Our team supports the child or young person by assisting them to identify their strengths and interests, as a key tool, to overcome some of the barriers that prevent them from fully engaging in education.

The WEST Team work within a trauma-informed framework and has an understanding of the impact of trauma on a student’s learning and education achievement.

Who is eligible?

The WEST Program supports students:

  • aged five to 18 years
  • living or attending an education setting in the Western Region of Melbourne
  • on a current Court Order 
  • case contracted to one of the following agencies: Anglicare, Baptcare, MacKillop Family Services, Westcare and Bridges Uniting Care.

How to access this service:

For more information or to obtain referral and enrolment forms call (03) 8317 9700 or email educationservices@mackillop.org.au.